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Apr. 24, 2017

Comics as an educational tool, the role of women in comics storytelling, supervillains, and libraries' acceptance of comics are some of the topics Associate Professor Carol Tilley is discussing with audiences this month.

At the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on April 21-23, Tilley served on two panels, "The Evolution of Educational Comics" and "She Changed Comics." The first panel focused on the history of educational comics and the changes readers might expect for this genre, and it allowed Tilley to share some of her research for her recently published chapter, "Educating with Comics" (in The Secret History of Comics Studies, Routledge, 2017). The second panel examined how women—cartoonists, writers, editors, colorists, and more—have changed comics storytelling.

On Monday, April 24, Tilley, along with Betsy Gomez of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Mara Thacker of the International and Area...

Apr. 13, 2017

Assistant Professor Peter Darch and Research Associate Professor David Dubin participated in the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 9th Plenary Meeting, which was held April 5-7 in Barcelona, Spain. 

The RDA was launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government's National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure necessary to enable open sharing of data. The RDA community includes more than 5,400 members from 123 countries.

At the plenary meeting, Darch presented his poster, "How Do Researchers Trust Data in New and Emerging Scientific Domains?"

As co-chair of the Research Data Provenance Interest Group, Dubin led the kickoff session for a proposed working group on provenance patterns. The Research Data Provenance Interest Group is concerned with questions of data origins, maintenance of...

Mar. 29, 2017

The iSchool was well represented at the international conference, "Information and Power in History," which was held at the VU University Amsterdam on March 16-17. Organized by the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, in collaboration with Radboud University and Utrecht University, the conference attracted scholars from a wide variety of historical and other disciplines. 

Professor Alistair Black and Associate Professor Bonnie Mak delivered the paper, "Period, Theme and Event: Pedagogical Keys to Understanding the Place of Power Relations in the History of Information." Their presentation offered a "period-theme-event framework," identifying the promise of the information history field by highlighting the work of researchers who do not necessarily answer to the label of "information historian." Much of this work raises issues of power and more specifically, the...

Mar. 20, 2017

The following iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in iConference 2017, which will be held March 22-25 in Wuhan, China. The event brings together scholars, researchers, and information professionals to share insights on critical information issues. The theme of this year's conference is "Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community."

Wednesday, March 22

Professor and Dean Allen Renear will chair the meeting of the iSchool North American deans, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (by invitation only)

Professor J. Stephen Downie, with Xiao Hu (PhD '10), Samuel K.W. Chu, and C. W-Y. Lee (University of Hong Kong), will present their paper, "Data Science as an Emerging Discipline: The Roles of iSchools in the Era of Big Data," at the workshop, "Information Science to Data Science: New Directions for iSchools," 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23

Professor J. Stephen...

Mar. 16, 2017

Join iSchool faculty, staff, and students for the following activities during the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Baltimore, including our reception on Thursday, March 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café Baltimore. Please stop by and visit us at Booth #1305 as well!

Wednesday, March 22

Lisa Hinchliffe, affiliated faculty member and professor/coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University Library, will present "Assessing and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success through Action Research," 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 23

Maria Bonn, senior lecturer, will present "Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment," with Janet Swatscheno (MS '14), visiting digital publishing specialist at the University Library...

Mar. 15, 2017

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner will discuss current issues with open science that involve human-centered and online data and her related research at the Open Science Conference 2017, which will be held March 21-22 in Berlin. The Open Science 2017 Conference is the fourth international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0, which addresses changes in science and the science system that are related to new forms of participation, communication, collaboration, and open discourse now possible through the web.

This year's conference will focus on open educational resources—course materials (print and digital), modules, streaming videos, software, and other tools, materials, or techniques used to support open access to knowledge. It will offer presentations by international experts, including Diesner, as well as a poster session, a panel discussion, and workshops.

Diesner's...

Mar. 1, 2017

Professor Alistair Black and doctoral student Steven Witt discussed their research at the Penn Libraries symposium, The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age, which was held February 23-25 at the University of Pennsylvania and the Beckman Center at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. 

Black presented, "'All information flows toward it, or returns to it in a form worked up into shape': The Intelligence Branch and Libraries of the British War Office, 1873-1914."

Abstract: Intelligence has always been an aspect of organized warfare. It was not until the 1873, however, that the British Army effectively recognized this formally by establishing a dedicated division, under the auspices of the War Office, named the "Intelligence Branch," whose work was to be supported by collections of printed materials in...

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